Harbour View are the 2010 Claro KSAFA Champions League kingpins, after substitute Ranique Muir powered them to a 2-1 win over Boys’ Town in the final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex late yesterday evening.

The east-Kingston team walked away with the championship trophy and a handsome $250,000 for their efforts, while the runners-up had to settle for $150,000.

Last year’s winners Waterhouse benefited from two own goals to beat Cavalier to third place by a 2-0 margin. They also walked away with the $100,000 third-place cash prize, while Cavalier earned $50,000.
In the big one, both teams took their time to get settled after a tentative start, but after the opening jitters, it was Boys’ Town who were looking the more dangerous of the two Premier League heavyweights.

Former schoolboy prodigy, Marvin Morgan Jr, was gifted the first real opportunity after 11 minutes, but could not take full advantage after his shot from just inside the box with the outside of his boot went well wide, with the goal at his mercy.
The Red Brigade were at it again in the 20th minute when Dean Thompson’s ferocious volley from the vicinity of the penalty spot forced a picture-perfect one-handed reaction save from goalkeeper Michaud Barrett.

Harbour View worked their way into the contest and should have opened their account at the half-hour mark, but Rafeik Thomas and Marcelino Blackburn ran into each other at the back post and killed the chance for a simple tap in. The chance was created by Jahmali Spence, who played the ball across the face of go after out-muscling two Boys’ Town defenders.
Missed opportunities

Thomas was at it again seven minutes later, but he failed to get the better of Kirk Porter in the Boys’ Town goal, after being played behind the defensive line. The striker must have been surprised to find himself with only Porter to beat, but could find no way around the keeper after he tried to dribble instead of taking a shot on goal.
Substitute Mark Newsome’s tame left-footed shot from the top of the box was saved off the line by Montrose Phinn in the 60th minute, in what was Boys’ Town’s last real chance of the game.
Harbour View’s winner came after Muir beat Porter to a through ball, before poking it into the goal after it seemed easier for the goalkeeper to win the ball.

Winning coach Donovan Hayles was satisfied with his team’s performance and the triumph.

“I’m satisfied. I think both teams can be satisfied with their play tonight,” said Hayles. “Boys’ Town started stronger but when we consolidated defensively we did very well and all in all we were strong, even though the game could have gone either way.”
Boys Town’s Andrew Price thought his team gave a fair effort, but suffered from fatigue.

“We dominated for long periods but I think the guys were a little leg-weary tonight. We just started training so the conditioning is not where it needs to be. We weren’t effective on the ball and this is where we lost the game,” added Price.

Defending champions Barbican kick-started their Sherwin Williams Women’s Premier League season with a 2-0 win over arch-rival Harbour View in the feature encounter of a double-header at the Harbour View Mini-stadium yesterday.

Goals by Chevenese Clarke and Jenine Dennis in the 46th and 78th minutes, respectively, gave Barbican their first win and three points from their second game.

Barbican are second from bottom in Zone A behind leaders Los Perfectos who dispatched Arnett Gardens 5-1 to move to seven points from three games.

Harbour View, who ended with 10 players after goalkeeper Peatria Campbell was red-carded for abusive language in the 54th minute, remained third on four points.

Los Perfectos assumed sole leadership of Zone A after previous leader Trelawny Women rested.

Tashana Campbell grabbed a brace for the Manchester based-Los Perfectos in the 10th and 86th minutes and was ably supported by Simone Honeygan (33rd), Tashieka Gordon (60th) and Schneil Briscoe (76th).

In the curtain-raiser at the Compound, Portmore Strikers came from behind to edge Waterhouse 2-1. Khedin Salmon gave Waterhouse a seventh-minute lead, but Ieasha Mowatt responded in 32nd to level the scores and then found the winner from the penalty spot in the 79th minute.
Portmore, with their third win from as many games, joined Waterhouse on nine points from four games atop the standings in Zone B.
Meanwhile, Santos blanked Olympic Gardens 2-0 to register their first win from three outings and into third spot with three points.
Both Olympic Gardens and Constant Spring bring up the rear as both are without a point.

Captain, Richard Edwards, Dicoy Williams, Kavin Bryan and new 19 year old sensation Oniel Fisher, are all selected in the traveling squad to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago for Wednesdays international friendly game.

Boyz Will Win – Burrell
BURRELL

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

As Jamaica’s 19-man Reggae Boyz squad gets ready to depart the island later this afternoon for Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, is expecting his team to get the better of their regional arch-rivals on their own turf.

Speaking to The Gleaner last night, Burrell was extremely confident when asked to weigh the team’s chances in the twin-island republic, as both teams get ready for their friendly international on Wednesday.

“I think that we have enough ammunition in our arsenal to take care of the Trinidadians in Port of Spain,” said the captain.
“I’m expecting this to be a keenly contested game. It’s not going to be easy as when both teams play each other it’s normally a difficult game and I’m expecting no less this time around,” he added. “But I believe our players are focused and are aware of the task at hand and I’m expecting a good performance from them.”

Long-term plans

Burrell was also keen to highlight the importance of this encounter to the long-term plans of his administration with the Digicel Caribbean Cup and World Cup qualifications just around the corner.

“This game is very important for us to fine-tune preparations first of all for the Digicel Caribbean Cup to be held later this year and beyond,” Burrell noted. “We recognised the need to get back to where we are expected to be in terms of Caribbean and CONCACAF football and this is a step in that direction.”

Meanwhile, the squad, which is scheduled to leave the island shortly after 2 p.m, features three first-time senior team invitees; Devon Williams (Real Mona/St Georges), Oneil Fisher (Harbour View/St Georges) and Andre Blake (Sporting Central). The trio were all part of national Under-21 squad, which had been preparing for the Central American and Caribbean Games in July.

Six overseas-based players

The squad is highlighted by the inclusion of six overseas-based players – Shavar Thomas (Kansas City Wizards), Ryan Johnson (San Jose Earthquakes), Dane Richards (New York Red Bulls), Donovan Ricketts (LA Galaxy), Rudolph Austin (SK Brann) and Eric Vernan (Nybergsund).
Norway-based left-sided utility player, Demar Phillips, was also invited but could not make the trip after he picked up an injury two Sundays ago.
Jamaica squad: Jermaine Taylor, Dicoy Williams, Richard Edwards, Adrian Reid, Devon Williams, Kavin Bryan, Oniel Fisher, Kenardo Forbes, Ricardo Cousins, Troy Smith, Devon Hodges, Mario Swaby, Andre Blake, Shavar Thomas, Ryan Johnson, Dane Richards, Donovan Ricketts, Rodolph Austin and Eric Vernan.

Premier League champions Harbour View and Boys’ Town made light work of Seaview Gardens and August Town, respectively, as Group B action got underway in the Claro KSAFA Champions Cup yesterday.

In the curtain raiser, Harbour View brushed aside Seaview Gardens by a 3-0 margin, while former champions Boys’ Town were too hot for August Town, scoring a 2-1 triumph. Both games were played at the UWI Bowl, Mona.
A Ranique Muir brace (63rd and 67th minutes) and a third from Christopher Harvey, powered Harbour View to their impressive win in the early kick-off.

In the feature game, Boys’ Town survived a late scare to prevail over fellow one-time Premier League campaigners, August Town, through goals from Michael Campbell and Dean Thompson.
Both teams traded blows early in the contest but despite their competitiveness, there were just a few clear chances for either team.

Boys’ Town, who won this competition when it was called the President’s Cup in 2005, began to take control of the game as it progressed and were duly rewarded in the 26th minute, albeit due to a horrendous defensive mistake.
Skipper Michael Campbell was credited with the goal, but it was in fact a gift from August Town goalkeeper, Sheldon Smith, who comically dived over the midfielder’s right-sided free-kick and was beaten at his near post.

Smith was also unconvincing four minutes later when he failed to collect a corner, which was nodded in off the underside of the crossbar by one of the smallest players on the field, Dean Thompson, as Boys’ Town surged to a 2-0 lead.

August Town could find no answer on their own field and almost found themselves 3-0 behind, but Anthony Bennett’s 36th minute volley somehow stayed outside the goal after crashing off the bottom of the crossbar.

The second half saw little difference as Boys’ Town’s possessive play and explosive wide players had a field day with the August Town defenders.
Goal number three almost came in the 55th minute and probably would have come had it not been for a moment of idiocy from Boys’ Town goalkeeper Kirk Porter. Spot kick

After watching his team win a penalty through Bennett, who was brought down in the box by Cordain Palmer, Porter argued with midfielder Renae Lloyd for the right to take the spot kick, before sending it straight on to the crossbar.

His light-hearted reaction after the miss did not seem to impress his disgruntled team-mates.

Mark Grant’s 87th minute strike ensured a nervous final three minutes for Boys’ Town, but in the end it was too little, too late for August Town.
Andrew Price, coach of Boys’ Town is happy with the win and the chance to look at a few players ahead of the Premier League.

“We welcome this competition. It will help us with our preparation going forward. Today was our first outing, there was nothing spectacular but we are a work in progress and I’m pleased,” said Price.

August Town spokesman, Everton Thomas, blamed his team’s lack of fitness for the result.
“We just started training two days ago. The team is just assembling and it showed because they were fitter than us,” said Thomas. “We are hoping to use this competition to look at players and prepare for the upcoming Super League.”


Jamaica international Damion ‘Stew peas’ Stewart has signed a lucrative three-year deal with Football League Championship outfit Bristol City. Stewart was signed from Queens Park Rangers (QPR) for an undisclosed sum. Bristol City is coached by Steve Coppell, who,just five years ago, brought Reading to the premiership and guided them to a sixth-place finish.

Stewart, who is the first Jamaican player to play for a London club, was named QPR’s player of the season in the 2008-09 season. He was about to go into his fifth season with QPR when Bristol City came knocking, and according to Stewart’s agent, Romel Wallen of Pro-goals Sports Management, it was a case of choosing the club with the greater ambition. “It was just a case of a club outdoing another in terms of their ambition and their love,” said Wallen. “They (Bristol City) got David James from Portsmouth signed the same day as Damion and Nicky Hunt from Bolton. So in other words, they have bought three players so far this off-season – Nicky Hunt, David James, who are two players from the premiership, and Damion Stewart. So it shows you in what high regard they hold him (Stewart).

Lucrative deal

“It is a lucrative three-year deal, which is fantastic for him at age 29. That is unprecedented really in the general context of football, let alone for a Jamaican,” he added. Wallen further believes that it augurs well for Jamaica despite no new players being able to play in England at this time due to Jamaica’s lowly FIFA ratings. “By getting such a lucrative deal at 29, it shows that he is being rewarded for the work he has done and it puts us back on the planet as it shows that a Jamaican defender can come up here and do well over a long period of time and be rewarded for that,” he added.

Stewart, who will turn 30 on August 18, is delighted with his move and is looking forward to helping his new club gain promotion. “To be acknowledged by a club like Bristol, that is really looking to make steps forward, and seeing me as part of their plans, is a good feeling. I am really delighted,” said Stewart. “I have only been at the club for three days now and I have spoken with the coach and he has told me straightforward that his plan is to get promoted by whichever means possible,” he added.

Kavin Bryan started the scoring after registering twice in minutes 20 and 27, recently against a St. Thomas All Star Team to win by 3-0.

He keeps his scoring form in an early Reggae Boyz friendly after being disappointed to not travel on a two weeks trial in Sweden, the National striker showed his professionalism by banging in two goals as a leading frontman.

He is one of four (4) HVFC DPL Champion Players who are currently in the National Senior squad in training along with Captain, Richard Edwards, Dicoy Williams and 19 year old Oniel Fisher.

 

Unimpressive Reggae Boyz Beat Trelawny All- Stars In Warm-Up
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer

The Reggae Boyz yesterday made hard work of it, but still managed to beat a Trelawny All-Stars team 3-1 in another of their practice games ahead of their departure for a friendly international against Trinidad and Tobago in the twin-island republic.

Kavin Bryan opened the scoring for the locally based Reggae Boyz in the 32nd minute before substitutes Navion Boyd in the 80th and Andrae Campbell in the 90th added some respectability to the score. Ricardo

Reid pulled one back from the penalty spot for the Trelawny team conditioned by Larry Allen and assisted by Dwight Jeremiah and Elvis Hart. Differing halves While acknowledging that the display was not the best from his charges, coach Theodore Whitmore saw enough positives in the game. “It was a practice game in which we looked at a number of players, so both halves would not have looked the same,” Whitmore said of the game which featured a much-improved second half which had nine changes for the Reggae Boyz. “I think it was a fairly good workout and a chance to look at a number of players. We have a game coming up against Trinidad and Tobago, so it is continuous preparation.

The Digicel Caribbean Cup is coming up so it was also another opportunity to look at players,” Whitmore added. Boyz the better players The Reggae Boyz were the better team throughout, as they possessed the ball much better and moved it around with purpose, even though they failed to make their better play count. For their part, the Trelawny All-Stars showed glimpses of good quality but played more as individuals.

Bryan put the Reggae Boyz ahead from a goal-mouth mêlée, but the two remaining strikes which sandwiched Reid’s strike were beautifully constructed and converted. Boyd, after coming close minutes earlier, steered home a left-footer on the half-volley after a perfect cross from fellow substitute Rafe Wolfe. Following a foul on Bryan to the right of the 18-yard box, Campbell curled a delightful left-footer into the top left-hand corner of the net after the ball was played off to him by Boyd. That strike did more than enough to erase any memories of his handball, just under 10 minutes earlier, which allowed Reid to beat substitute goalkeeper Randal Huie from the penalty spot.

THE CONVENOR of Jamaica’s newest political party has urged communities across the island to copy Harbour View. Betty Ann Blaine, a former resident of the east Kingston community, says not only does Harbour View have a vibrant citizens’ association, but also, members of the community have continuously inculcated its younger members with the right values and attitudes.

“Tivoli can learn from the values and attitudes in Harbour View,” proclaimed Blaine, who was the guest speaker at yesterday’s 50th-anniversary celebrations for Harbour View.

Tivoli Gardens, situated in western Kingston, has been described by former Jamaica Defence Force head, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, as the mother of all garrisons. Members of the security forces killed more than 70 persons there in May during a stand-off. Not about self-pride Yesterday, Blaine, who recently launched the New Nation Coalition, said there was a need for programmes to be established to allow for the teaching of positive values and attitudes from communities like Harbour View to other communities.

She said that one mode of doing this is having community leaders in both communities interface on a regular basis and developing programmes. Blaine told Harbour View residents that they should always remember that their role is “not about self-pride, it is about setting examples”.

Established two years before Jamaica’s Independence in 1962, Harbour View’s citizens say that they have positioned themselves as a model community. The community has a vibrant citizens’ association, an enviable low crime rate, and youth and football associations. The community was the first in Jamaica to have a community paper. Its residents also claim that the community was the first to host street dances. The Harbour View Citizens’ Association used yesterday’s holiday to honour outstanding community members and former residents. Those honoured were Lloyd Richards, Marcella Vassell, the Reverend Leslie Hoo Sang, Ken Jones, Alma Mock Yen and Irving Montague.

Jamaica’s Ambassadors to Spain, Martin Davis and Kaya Beckford, who spent the last week at the Valencia Football Club Summer camp, have returned amidst rave reviews about their performance and the athletic abilities of Jamaican footballers in general. Davis and Beckford, who received scholarships for the camp after participating in the Next Generation Valencia Easter Football Camp in Jamaica this year, play for St. Georges College and Glenmuir High respectively. Davis is also Captain of the Under 12 team at the Harbour View Football Club.

The Valencia CF 2010 Summer Camp covered various training concepts and trained and evaluated the youngsters in offensive and defensive tactics, individual and collective techniques, use of both feet, coordination, focus and behavior. They also had the added fortune of training with the First Division Football Coach, Unai Emery, and being in Spain for the much anticipated World Cup Finals. “It was an amazing experience that I will never forget….I made so many friends…I can’t wait to go back and perhaps one day play for the Valencia Football Club,” says Martin. His mother, Dianne Edwards, was equally impressed, “It was an experience and an opportunity of a lifetime for Martin. The organization of the camp and the levels of discipline and professionalism were impressive and the boys naturally fell in line. What also stood out for me was the wide mix of camp participants from across the globe and the strategies taught, for example the boys were always encouraged to work as a team and to keep the passes short.”

The Next Generation Camp, staged by Jamaican partner Taino Trade and Investment Limited, is part of the Valencia Football Club’s ongoing efforts to promote the club internationally. According to Taino Head, Victor Salazar-Chang, “It is a remarkable opportunity for Jamaican kids not just to benefit from Valencia’s know-how and strategies on local soil but to travel to Spain and participate in the Club experience first-hand. Additionally, we are working on opening up the opportunity to even more kids as we expect Valencia CF to set up a permanent school in Jamaica in a few years. Our two ambassadors have made us proud and have really paved the way for some exciting developments that will be announced shortly.”

The internationalization effort has already seen the establishment of the first official Valencia school outside of Spain in Kobe, Japan, and camps in Scotland and Wales. A second school is slated to be opened later this year in Cairo, Egypt. Jamaica has already hosted one of its three scheduled annual camps and the Valencia CF has committed to establishing a permanent Campus in Jamaica in 2013.

John-Ross Edwards, 25th minute counter-attacking scoop was enough to ensure Jamaican Champions Harbour View FC to cap off a stellar season where the touring team satisfied their large throng of adorning and noisy fans in the Richie Richardson Stands at the legendary Antigua Recreational Ground in capital of St. John’s.

The two-time Caribbean Club Champions, were exposed to an early onslaught of continuous attacking football from the newly formed professional outfit, as Scottish National Technical Director, Billy McEwen deployed excessive numbers in raids on the visiting backline coordinated by National defender, Dicoy Williams and his partner, Montrose Phinn as goalkeeper, Michaud “Button” Barrett was severely tested on 5 occasions within the first 28 minutes as he managed the invasion well to bring off two dazzling saves from lanky dreadlocked striker, Ranja Christian to keep the score sheet, clean.

Barracuda’s 1-3-5-2 attacking formation, rotated around midfielders Captain, George Dublin, young Quinton Griffiths, Desmond Bleau and Randolf Burton was outnumbering the HVFC defensive unit and long direct passes were sent continuously into the opponents area as shots were hastily fired at the goal, twice wide of the mark by Grayson Gregory and another from Christian who was 5 yards offside that was lodged in the goal as the defenders stood still in an obvious offside call.

Slowly as HVFC got accustomed to the large field, heavily covered crab-grass surface, sweltering heat with no wind and the marauding attacks the team leadership managed a rare 18th minute counter-attacking ploy down the left flank by Davion Woodhouse and John-Ross Edwards which produced a telling cross to Kavin Bryan at the back post but his first touch eluded the defender, Roy Gregory but he slipped and the goalkeeper, Molvin James collected the ball inside his penalty area. Captain, Richard Edwards and Woodhouse, also would duplicate the move 4 minutes later but the skipper’s right-footed cross was caught by the goalkeeper.

Smart thinking, had shown the way as Marcelino Blackburn picked out John-Ross once more on the left side instead and this unlocked the defense as he scooped the ball overhead of a marker and evaded challenges from the goalkeeper James and another defender to slot home and celebrate with the Jamaicans and his teammates after 25 minutes.

The pressure was released and more coordinated passes appeared as confidence, match sharpness and concentration slowly returned to the Champions after two weeks rest of the field, the cobwebs were disappearing. Skillfully Edwards and Jermaine Hue organized the midfield to hold sway until halftime, where a much needed rest, refreshment and tactical changes were implemented by Coach, Andrew “Bowa” Hines.
Fierce competitiveness marked the second stanza as the Coaches went in search of a victory from different angles, substitutions were early on both sides as Tamarly Thomas, replaced Teran Williams for Barracuda and Andre Fagan came in for Jahmali Spence who suffered from a stomach ailment and being hit in the face by the ball, from close distance to have a pounding headache.

No more would follow for 32 minutes, as the tactical changes were in evidence as the Coaches forgot the friendly nature of the game, looking for the upper-hand until minute 81 when Hines unleashed Nicholas Beckitt and Rafiek Thomas, for Richard Edwards and Kavin Bryan as the fresh-legs immediately created new space, higher pace and new ideas that worried the Antiguans.

Spurred by the injection, Romario and Fabian Campbell along with Kimorlee Brissett joined the fray for Marcelino Blackburn, John-Ross Edwards and Jermaine Hue, as the ball artistry of HVFC appeared in full swing and rushed to high climax as Andre Steele came to the party, for Davion Woodhouse, it was devilish possession that displayed a myriad of short, snappy and classic skills as the young brigade entertained the crowd with dazzling flair and trickery.

Cheers, jeers and noise emanated from the Stands all around the ground as the thousands of fans were reveling the ball artistry as the game came to a finale, HVFC the clear winner at the end after fighting all the way.

The victorious visitors led by Carnel “Fuzzy” Austin, took a lap of honour around the grounds to loud applause and stops, handshakes and high fives in particular in front of the jubilant Jamaican Stands.

BARRACUDA FC Starting Lineup:
GK – Molvin James, George Dublin© ,Dave Carr, Roy Gregory, Karanja Mack, Teran Williams, Quinton Griffith, Desmond Bleau, Randolph Burton, Ranja Christian, Grayson Gregory.
Sub used: Tamarly Thomas for Williams 64th minute


HVFC Starting Lineup:
Michaud Barrett (GK), Davion Woodhouse, Jaron Richards, Dicoy Williams, Montrose Phinn, Richard Edwards (Captain), John-Ross Edwards, Marcelino Blackburn, Jermaine Hue, Kavin Bryan, Jahmali Spence.
Subs used: Andre Fagan (48th), Nicholas Beckitt(81st), Rafiek Thomas “(83rd), Romario Campbell, Fabian Campbell, Kimorlee Brissett (85th), Andre Steele (89th).

DPL Champions, Harbour View FC departs for International Friendly Game in Antigua against Barracuda FC 7:30pm on Sunday, May 30th. HVFC departure at 2:05pm Friday, on Caribbean Airlines Flight #415 to Antigua arriving ahead of their Sunday, Friendly international game against Barracuda FC, newly accepted expansion team, to compete in the United Soccer League Division 1 in the 2011 season in the USA.

Coach, Andrew “Bowa” Hines will assume duties as Head Coach, Donovan “DV” Hayles is overseas on family commitments.

 

 

 

 

Delegation for  Antigua.

ADMINISTRATION:
JUREIDINI, Clyde – Head of Delegation HINES, Andrew – Head Coach
AUSTIN, Carnel – (Equipment Manager) MALCOM,Jermaine
PLAYERS:
BARRETT Michaud FAGAN Andre
BECKETT Nicholas PHINN Montrose
BLACKBURN Marcelino RICHARDS Jaron
BRISSETT Kimarlee SPENCE Jahmali
BRYAN Kavin STEELE Andre
CAMPBELL Fabian THOMAS Rafeik
CAMPBELL Romario WILLIAMS Dicoy
EDWARDS John-Ross WOODHOUSE Davian
EDWARDS Richard HUE, Jermaine

Clyde Jureidini
General Manager
Harbour View Football Club.